The Death of Emily Hampshire: A Multi-Disciplinary Teams’ Battle for Justice and the Community Struggle to Understand a Mother’s Actions

Course Description

Emily Hampshire celebrated her 14th birthday on October 22, 2018. On November 3, 2018 Emily was dead. The investigation into her death revealed a complicated medical history of Type 1 Diabetes that was deliberately concealed from family, friends, and teachers by Emily’s mother, Amber Hampshire. The actions of Amber Hampshire that directly led to the death of Emily caused disbelief and shock amongst the small community the family was actively involved in. The investigation, prosecution and prison sentence imposed was the result of a multi disciplinary team dedicated to getting justice for Emily.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the benefits of vertical prosecution, specialized detectives, and trained child protection workers to get the best results on complicated child death cases.

2. Emphasize the importance of understanding medical evidence and leveraging medical experts for effective prosecution.

3. Understanding the difficult dynamics of female perpetrator cases and using the media to assist in the release of accurate information. Will also discuss the unique challenges of sentencing in mother-defendant child death cases.

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